This morning I read *If You Hopped Like a Frog* by David M. Schwartz to my 6th graders. They are learning about ratios and rates and how to solve proportions. It’s a wonderful book and beautifully illustrated by James Warhola. In the back of the book, the author has questions that you can ask students to work on — I made this worksheet if_you_hopped_like_a_frog based on that.

*If you were as strong as an ANT… you could lift a car!*

Even junior high kids still like to be read to. They squeal with delight when I pull out a book — and it does not have to be an illustrated book either. Another book that I’d read to my 6th graders earlier this year was *How Much is a Million*? It’s also written by Mr. Schwartz and illustrated by Steven Kellogg. We were working with number sense at the time, and the kids said oohs and aahs as I read to them, “How big is a billion? If a billion kids made a human tower… they would stand up past the moon… If you wanted to count from one to one trillion… it would take you almost 200,000 years.”

A great resource that I faithfully use is *Math and Literature, Grades 6-8* by Jennifer M. Bay-Williams and Sherri L. Martinie. One of the suggested readings is a book called *A Drop of Water: A Book of Science and Wonder* by Walter Wick; I read this to my students, and afterward they blew bubbles on their desks and measured the diameter of each burst bubble to find the circumference. We had a lot of fun!